12 Tips To Trick People Into Thinking Your Smart

I’m not that smart, but I’ve come across a few ways to trick people into thinking that I am. This is especially useful on social media when you want to impress your friends.  The following is a list of tips on how to appear intellectually superior even though your not the brightest tool in the shed. 1. Use big words when small ones will do just fine.  Put another way; Employ a grandiloquent vernacular when banal rhetoric will suffice. A superlative verbiage is likely to impress those friends from high school that scored higher than you on your verbal SAT.…

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Fiat Current Sea: Maritime Money

Our fiat currency is like current in the sea. Although a better analogy would be a river, since the flow of water is directed by the banks on either side. The river-banks control the current; the money-banks control the currency. This is why our cash-on-hand or “cash flow” is a ‘liquid asset‘.   Water is a metaphor for money.  We use marine and aquatic vernacular to generically describe financial terms every single day without even realizing it. (above) The Black River Bank of Watertown, New York was established in 1844 and ran until 1864 when it became the First National Bank…

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Peak Petroleum, Abiotic Fossil Fuel: A Bone To Pick With The Oilagarchs

We’ve been trained to believe that petroleum is a fossil fuel. It’s supposed to have been generated over millions of years from the remains of dead organisms that were buried beneath sedimentary rock long ago.  There’re only so many of these ‘fossils’ left, therefore they say, we’ll eventually run out.  This is what ‘peak oil’ is all about, and it’s absolutely ludicrous. As the story goes, since there are only so many dinosaur bones, zooplankton, algae and other decayed biological matter from long ago; there is only so much oil.  This is good news for the ‘oilagarchs‘ since they can create…

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Pedagogic Logic: Train Your Brain With Conundrums of Consciousness

The answer is 35 because banana(15) + onecherry(5) x apple(4) = 35, Remember PEMDOS

I’ve always enjoyed brain teasers, puzzles and paradoxes. What at first may seem straight forward, can trick our minds into believing the illogical, even though it seems perfectly plausible to the average sane person, as well as the masses. But have we been deceived into believing a lie? A great example of this is the ‘Monty Hall Problem’, where a paradox tricked the larger part of academia who wrote into the author of the Parade Magazine piece, telling her how much of an idiot she was for her position on this probability problem. Little did the overzealous, condescending majority know,…

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Race Is A Biological Reality: Your Opinion Is A Social Construct

The main reason people are afraid to admit there are differences among the races -or even admit that race is a biological reality and not a social construct- is because it conjures up sentiments of ‘superiority’ and reminds people of Hitler’s Germany. They think, “Well, if there are racial differences, then that means that some races are better than others, and I don’t want to go there.”  It’s better to just ignore any differences and acquiesce to the pressure of their peers and claim we are all exactly the same; we are all one. Scientists and professors are human. We…

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